St. Louis Blues: Jaroslav Halak, Resurgent Power Play, Solid PK Lead To Big Win

December 10th, 2010 by Michael Wagenknecht Leave a reply »
On Nov. 10, the St. Louis Blues were riding an extreme high.

Winners of seven straight and sitting atop most websites' power rankings, the Blues embarked on a journey to Columbus to try and extend their winning streak. What followed that night was the start of a nightmare that this team has only partially awakened from.

The Blue Jackets shelled the Blues 8-1, knocked TJ Oshie out for three months with a broken ankle and broke Jaroslav Halak's confidence. A five-game losing streak ensued, with St. Louis giving up 21 goals during that streak.

Fast forward to Dec. 9 and the much-anticipated next game between these two clubs.

Despite the outburst of goals by Columbus in that November game, the Jackets haven't fared any better than the Blues in the last month. Coming into this game the Blues trail Columbus by only one point in the very tight Central Division.

Right from the drop of the puck St. Louis came out flying. Patrik Berglund drew a minor tripping penalty 38 seconds into the first and it didn't take long for the Blues to capitalize.

Alex Steen netted the first of three power-play goals on the night after taki ...

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